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COVID relief bill passes, but …

DEMOCRATS in the House of Representatives on Thursday passed a CVID-19 relief bill, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Wikipedia photo).

A new COVID-19 relief bill narrowly passed the House of Representatives Thursday, but it’s unlikely to be enacted. The House voted 214-207 for the $2.2 trillion bill. All Republicans voted against it, along with 18 Democrats.

The Senate, controlled by the GOP, is considered unlikely to consider it, according to USA Today. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that a bill costing over $2 trillion was a non-starter. The White House had a counteroffer of a $1.6 trillion deal.

A relief bill isn’t completely dead, though. A compromise bill might yet be worked out as negotiations are continuing. Included in some form might be direct payments to citizens, a supplement to unemployment insurance and a loan programs for small businesses.

The News: Voting is a

road trip in Texas

Counties in Texas will have just one mail-in drop-off site by order of Gov. Greg Abbot, a Republican. His action will close many previously announced locations. He calls it an effort to “enhance elections security” but Democrats are calling it voter suppression. •  Hope Hicks, an adviser to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus and is under quarantine. • For the second straight day, Wall Street had a moderately good session. Dow Jones was up 35.20, while the S&P 500 rose 17.80 points. Nasdaq did better, jumping up 159 points.

Weather: Slightly less scorching, we hope

Lucky you are if you have an air-conditioned car and home, because Thursday has been a 90s kind of day. The overnight low is expected to be 66. The forecast for Friday is sunny (what else?) with a high of 97 and an overnight low of 64, according to the National Weather Service’s forecast for West Orange County.  There should be some cooling on Saturday with a dip down to 88 during the day (63 overnight) and 85 by Sunday. As usual, coastal temperatures are a bit cooler. Huntington Beach was in the low 80s today and an overnight low of 65 is forecast. Friday should see a high of 82 and a low of 64 at night. Daytime temps should dip to 78 on Saturday and 76 on Sunday.

Sports Tonight: Dodgers advance

The Dodgers advanced to the next round of the National League playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, having swept two games. Clayton Kershaw worked eight shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out 13 batters.

LA put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. With the score tied at 0-0, and two men on, Austin Barnes singled him Chris Taylor. Then, Mookie Betts doubled to left, driving in Barnes and A.J. Pollock.


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